HMCS Saguenay (D 79)
Destroyer of the A class
|Navy||The Royal Canadian Navy|
|Built by||Thornycroft (Southampton, U.K.)|
|Laid down||27 Sep 1929|
|Launched||11 Jul 1930|
|Commissioned||22 May 1931|
|End service||30 Jul 1945|
Heavily damaged in a collision 12 miles off Cape Race, Newfoundland on 15 November 1942 with the merchant ship Azara.
Used as a training ship after being repaired.
Commands listed for HMCS Saguenay (D 79)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. George Ralph Miles, RCN||8 Jul 1939||21 Apr 1941|
|2||Lt. Philip Edwin Haddon, RCN||22 Apr 1941||7 Apr 1942|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Dickson Carlile Wallace, RCNR||8 Apr 1942||14 Jan 1943|
|4||Lt. John William McDowall, RCN||15 Jan 1943||11 Mar 1943|
|5||T/Lt. George Randle Shane Mathews, RCNVR||24 May 1943||24 Aug 1943|
|6||T/Lt. John Hamilton Ewart, RCNVR||24 Aug 1943||17 May 1944|
|7||T/Lt. Wesley Coburn Hawkins, RCNVR||18 May 1944||6 Oct 1944|
|8||T/A.Lt. William Errol Hughson, RCNVR||7 Oct 1944||15 Apr 1945|
|9||T/Lt. Kenneth Peter Blanche, RCNVR||16 Apr 1945||30 Jul 1945|
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Noteable events involving Saguenay include:
23 Oct 1939
The British light cruiser HMS Orion (Capt. H.R.G. Kinahan, RN) and the Canadian destroyer HMCS Saguenay (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Miles, RCN) intercept the German tanker Emmy Friedrich (4372 GRT) in the Yukatan Strait west of Tampico. When the British light cruiser HMS Caradoc (Capt. E.W.L. Longley-Cook, RN) also arrived on the scene the Germans scuttled their own ship to prevent her capture.
20 Oct 1940
The British merchant Sulaco is torpedoed and sunk about 360 miles west of Rockall in position 57°25'N, 25°00'W by German U-boat U-124. HMCS Saguenay (Cdr. G.R. Miles, RCN) picks up 1 survivor.
21 Oct 1940
HMCS Saguenay (Cdr. G.R. Miles, RCN) picks up 29 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Cubano that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day south-west of Iceland in position 57°55'N, 24°57'W by German U-boat U-124.
1 Dec 1940
Around 0350 hours on 1 December 1940 the Italian submarine Argo (offsite link) torpedoed and damaged the Canadian destroyer HMCS Saguenay (Cdr. G.R. Miles, RCN) about 300 nautical miles west of Ireland in position 54°40'N, 15°50'W. The bow was blown off and 21 of the crew lost their lives in this attack. HMCS Saguenay was escorting convoy HG-47 at the time. Saguenay was out of service for nearly 6 months (repairs were completed on 22 May 1941). (see map)